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February 15th, 2019

Safer driving needed in state

A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the previous year.
But if a proposed bill in this year’s Louisiana legislative session becomes law, a motorist who breaks three or more rules of the road could be arrested for “aggressive driving.”

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Speak up outside of social media

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As we scroll through our social networking news feeds, we all see the same things: an overload of baby photos, a meme or two and an abundance of statuses sharing opinions.
These statuses span a variety of topics, from social injustices to political views, and it seems as though one can never quite say enough. Comment threads grow in a matter of minutes as other users eagerly pitch in their two cents. But when asked to contribute in-person? That is a completely different story.

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Let go of memories painful to hold on to

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Our neighborhood was so middle class it looked like an artist’s rendering of 1960s Anytown, USA.
Ten houses on our block, each one home to at least a family of four with a stay-at-home mom. It was pretty much the same in every direction around our block, with one exception.
The woods.

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Nutter joins Argent Trust Company as Sr. VP, wealth investor

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DALLAS — Argent Financial Group announced recently that Michael S. Nutter has joined the company as senior vice president and wealth advisor. He will be based in the Argent Trust Company office in Dallas and report to Argent Trust Company Dallas Market President Linda S. Baker.

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Report finds problems with student loan servicing, oversight

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NEW YORK (AP) — The nine companies and organizations tasked with servicing the accounts of the nation’s 30 million student loan borrowers repeatedly failed to do their jobs properly over a period of years and their regulator neglected to hold them responsible, a new report finds.
The report released Thursday by the Department of Education’s independent inspector general’s office shows some borrowers weren’t getting the guidance and protection they needed as they sought the best plan for paying off their student loans.
The nation’s student loan debt now stands at $1.5 trillion.

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Amazon dumps New York City as new HQ site

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NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and others objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax incentives promised to the company.
“We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York,” the online giant said in a blog post, adding that it already has 5,000 employees in the city and plans to increase that number.

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Heavy rain forces Californians to flee, triggers mudslide

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, flooding streets, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year.
The storm deluged Southern California after walloping northern parts of the state and southern Oregon. A mudslide in Sausalito, north of San Francisco, barreled over cars, uprooted trees and sent a home sliding down a hill and smashing into another house.

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McConnell says Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign Congress’ border security compromise, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. The announcement removed the last ounce of suspense over the fate of a bill that would provide just a sliver of the money Trump wants to build a wall with Mexico but also would avoid a new government shutdown.
But McConnell also said Trump would quickly declare a national emergency. The president has said that move would give him power to divert money from other budget projects into wall building.

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Diamond ’Dogs open season tonight

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The Louisiana Tech baseball team will open the 2019 season on the road taking on the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in a three-game series at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field in Hammond, Louisiana.
First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. today, followed by a 2 p.m. start on Saturday and 1 p.m. start for Sunday’s matinee.
The Bulldogs, bolstered by 24 returners on an experience-laden roster, will be looking to follow up on a 39-20 season in 2018, that ended just outside of a potential NCAA tournament berth.

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Sack Daddy will be fine without Combine

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Representatives for former Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson reportedly responded Thursday to the NFL combine opting to disinvite him with a strongly worded statement.

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